Hill win opener v MS

Newtonhill 4

MS United 2 Newtonhill kicked off their season against one of the title favorites. The hill are looking to improve on last season and have bolstered their squad significantly to do so. It only took the Hill 10 minutes to open their account for the season when determined play from Johnstone saw him wriggle past a few MS players in the box before cutting the ball back to Keith who made no mistake from 6 yards.

MS rarely threatened in the first half mainly thanks to the stubbornness of the Newtonhill defence. MS were handed a lucky break when a long, nothing ball was chased down and cut back to the penalty spot where it was dispatched by an onrushing MS midfielder.

The hill hit back and Johnstone again caused huge problems in the MS box before he was hauled down for a penalty kick. Up stepped Keith who saw his penalty and then a follow-up saved by the MS goalkeeper.

minutes later the spot kick miss was forgotten about when neat play between Stewart and Campbell saw Campbell put in a cross that was only half cleared into the path of A. Brooks who thundered the ball off the underside of the crossbar and into the net. Newtonhill nearly went 3-1 up early in the second half when an outstanding run then cross from new boy Rae eluded the strikers by inches with the goal gaping. Just minutes later it was 3-1 went good interplay between M. Brooks and Milson released Campbell who sent through Keith who volleyed low and hard past the despairing MS keeper.

The game was nearly done and dusted with 20 minutes to go when Milson unleashed a thunderous half volley which came crashing back off the bar.

With 15 minutes to go the MS pressure finally told when a midfield runner headed in from 10 yards.

It was all MS now and with 10 minutes to go they were awarded a penalty when Rae was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box. Fortunately for the Hill, stand in goalkeeper Snelders came to the rescue when he pulled off a save to keep the Hill with their noses in front.

With MS piling forward a clearance fell to Keith who sent S. Blacklaws clean through on goal and the veteran striker stayed composed to round the keeper and slide the ball into the net sparking scenes of delight on the Newtonhill sideline. Man of the match was Jordan Rae. Newtonhill: Snelders, Rae, Foy, Alexander, Campbell, A. Brooks, M.Brooks, Milson, Doogie, Keith, Johnstone. Subs: Hay, Smith, T. Smith, Blacklaws, Christie.